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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan greets supporters in Ankara, Turkey, on June 25, 2018. A Turkish court handed heavy sentences to six journalists on July 6. (Reuters/Umit Bektas)

Turkish court hands heavy sentences to Zaman journalists

New York, July 6, 2018–Turkish authorities should drop all charges against six journalists who worked for the now-shuttered Zaman daily newspaper, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. The journalists were found guilty today by a court in Istanbul and handed heavy prison sentences, BBC Türkçe and the daily Cumhuriyet reported.

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CPJ Insider: July 2018 edition

CPJ announces 2018 International Press Freedom Award winners In a 2014 interview with CPJ, Vietnamese blogger Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh said, “I have a right to write. … If they want to arrest me, they can.” Three years later, they did. Vietnamese authorities convicted Quynh–known best by her penname, “Mother Mushroom”–on charges of “propagandizing against…

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Zehra Doğan

#FreeThePress Zehra Doğan The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomed the news February 24, 2019, that Zehra Doğan was released after two years, nine months, and 22 days in prison having served her full sentence. Read CPJ’s full statement here. Your support makes a world of difference to imprisoned journalists — join us as we continue…

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CPJ Highlights: February edition

CPJ leads first-ever press freedom mission to the U.S. In January, CPJ and IFEX led an international mission of global press freedom groups to the United States. Representatives of CPJ, IFEX, Article 19, International Press Institute, Reporters Without Borders, and Index on Censorship traveled to Texas and Missouri, where they spoke with journalists about the…

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Press freedom oppressors, clockwise from left: Aung San Suu Kyi of Myanmar, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi of Egypt, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan of Turkey, and Donald Trump of the U.S. (Reuters/AFP/AFP/AP)

In response to Trump’s fake news awards, CPJ announces Press Oppressors awards

Amid the public discourse of fake news and President Trump’s announcement via Twitter about his planned “fake news” awards ceremony, CPJ is recognizing world leaders who have gone out of their way to attack the press and undermine the norms that support freedom of the media. From an unparalleled fear of their critics and the…

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A Kurdish flag is waved during a rally in support of the Iraqi Kurdish leader in Erbil on October 30, 2017. Amid unrest in the region, Kurdish news outlets are attacked and harassed. (AFP/Safin Hamed)

Kurdish journalist killed, others attacked amid post referendum tensions

New York, October 30, 2017– CPJ today condemned attacks against the Kurdish media in Iraq and called on all parties to refrain from targeting the press as political and military tensions escalate over a Kurdish independence bid. In recent days, attackers stabbed to death a journalist, a mob attacked two TV crews, and Iraq’s media…

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İnan Kızılkaya

İnan Kızılkaya, the former news editor of the shuttered pro-Kurdish daily Özgür Gündem, faces 105 criminal cases, 103 of which had moved to trial by the end of 2016, on charges of terrorism, “disrupting the unity of the state,” insulting the Turkish nation, and insulting the president, according to his lawyer and court documents. If…

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Musa Kart

Police detained Musa Kart, a cartoonist for the embattled pro-opposition newspaper Cumhuriyet, in a raid of the newspaper’s main office in Istanbul on October 31, 2016, alongside at least 11 other staff members and board members of the foundation that publishes it. The Chief Prosecutor’s Office of Istanbul released an official statement soon after the raid, saying the journalists were detained on…

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Willing Accomplice

Collusion by the Turkish media compounds the country’s crisis By Andrew Finkel Turkey’s bloody, failed military coup on July 15, 2016, and the ruthless crackdown that followed are testament to the country’s escalating crisis of democracy. Though the crisis had been developing for years, with journalists and independent media outlets facing intense legal pressures from…

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How CPJ researches the killing and jailing of journalists

Who is a journalist? In the era of citizen journalism, activist journalism and now “fake” journalism, the question is not academic. The Committee to Protect Journalists has just published its annual census of journalists in prison and next week it will release its survey of killed journalists.

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